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Night With The Legends is Oct. 31

Big week at Heritage Place.

TRACK Magazine
October 24, 2013

Heritage Place

With a catalog that includes a recent All American Futurity (G1) winner, a recent running champion, the dam of this year’s No. 1 ranked stallion, more than 100 yearlings and the third edition of A Night With The Legends of American Quarter Horse Racing, October 31 through November 2 should be a very exciting week at Heritage Place.

The Oklahoma City facility kicks things off Thursday (October 31) when horses will be available for viewing. The catalog features 655 head of yearlings, weanlings, broodmares and broodmare prospects, stallions and stallion prospects and horses of racing age.

The pre-sale party in the back starts at 5 p.m. Thursday with food and drinks provided at the booths as everyone gathers up for the three-day event. At 6 p.m., the crowd will move into the Heritage Place auditorium for the third annual A Night With The Legends of American Quarter Horse Racing.

This event debuted in 2011 with a group of legendary breeders and owners and last year included some of the breed’s top riders.This year 10 legendary farm managers will be on-stage to talk about what it was like to run a big farm and to discuss their view of the state of the business.

These men have indicated that they will be on-stage Thursday evening for the big event:

LEONARD BLACH, DVM
A partner in 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, at Buena Suerte in Roswell, New Mexico, Dr. Blach managed the breeding careers of such legendary stallions as world champion runners and world champion sires Easy Jet and Go Man Go.

ELLIS GRAGG
Owner/manager of Coffee Creek Ranch in Edmond, Oklahoma, Ellis trained and raced horses for many years and then stood such stallions as What Luck (TB), Go Flight, Champion My Easy Credit, the outstanding runner Masters Salls (TB) and many others.

CHARLES W. GRAHAM, DVM
Owner/manager of Southwest Stallion Station for five decades, this AQHA Hall of Fame member has stood such stallions as 1968 All American Futurity winner Three Oh’s, 1970 All American Futurity winner Rocket
Wrangler and 1971 All American Futurity winner Mr Kid Charge.

CLAYTON KEYS
A legend in sale management in Oklahoma and New Mexico, Clayton Keys was at Citation Farms in Jenks, Oklahoma, the place “where champions produce champions” and stood such major stallions as Mr Meyers, Triple Chick, He’s Gotta Go and Champion Jet Deck Junior.

JACK McREYNOLDS
A cowboy on the big West Texas ranches before moving to Oklahoma, Jack was the managing partner at Oklahoma Stud. Over the years, Jack managed the breeding careers of such stallions as Go Man Go, Tiny Charger, Alamitos Bar, Double Bid, Victory Stride (TB) and Fleet Kirsch (TB).

DEE RAPER
Still active today with his wife Betty as owners and managers of Belle Mere Farms in Norman, Oklahoma, Dee is the guy who took time from managing the careers of Mr Eye Opener and Bully Bullion to help expand gaming at race tracks in Oklahoma.

ROYCE ROGERS
Royce managed the breeding careers of Jet Deep, The Signature, World Champion Tiny’s Gay, Zevi (TB), Champion Bunny Bid and World Champion Super Sound Charge and managed farms in Texas and Colorado before opening his own farm just west of Weatherford, Texas, which he still runs today.

CLARY SPENCER
At his farm in Edmond, Oklahoma, just a few miles north of where Remington Park now lies, Clary Spencer stood the legendary Top Moon who had a breeding fee of $3,000 in 1976 . . . the year after Bugs Alive In 75 set a new single season earnings record when he won the All American Futurity.

LARRY STEVENS
A stallion manager from the time he was 12 years old, Larry worked at Vessels Stallion Farm, Billingsley Creek Ranch, Spencer Farms, El Rancho Murrietta and several other places, handling some very prominent stallions and retired after managing Abigail Kawananakoa’s Kennewick Quarter Horse Farm for nine years.

GRADY STOWE, DVM
After practicing veterinary medicine in North Central Texas, a young Dr. Grady Stowe put together a partnership of horsemen that started Santa Rosa Stud in Vernon, Texas, where they stood World Champion Tiny’s Gay, The Signature, Jet Deep, Loom (TB) and Champion Bunny Bid.

Butch Wise of Lazy E Ranch and Ben Hudson of TRACK Magazine will emcee the Legends event. Videos of the first two Legends programs will be available at the TRACK booth during the sale. The Legends event is produced by Heriage Place and TRACK Magazine.

The highlight of the 655 head consigned to the Heritage Fall Mixed Sale has to be 2010 All American Futurity winner Mr Piloto, 2011 champion 2-year-old filly Separate Fire, 2009 champion and very hot young stallion Tempting Dash and the multiple stakes producing broodmare Dashin Follies.

Dashin Follies is the dam of PYC Paint Your Wagon, the leading sire of 2012 and currently the No. 1 sire of 2013.
In addition to these horses, there will be four embryos (one out of Dashin Follies and three out of Separate Fire) in the sale. The above horses are part of a nine-horse consignment from VSE Corporation on behalf of the United States Department of the Treasury.

Tempting Dash, a 6-year-old First Down Dash stallion that was the champion 2-year-old colt of 2009, is scheduled to sell in absentia as hip No. 175. One of the most popular young stallions in the breed, Tempting Dash has a health-related quarantine issue that should prevent him from traveling to Oklahoma City. All of the VSE horses will sell on Friday with Tempting Dash being the first (#175) and a Corona Cartel embryo (#220) being the last.

Other major individual consignments include 12 head from Bobby Cox, 19 head from Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches, 11 head from Kelly/Yearsley Equine, 18 head from Mickey Tiner, 15 head from Womack Cavender Farms and 14 head from Shamrock Ranch plus the usual large consignments from 6666 Ranch, Belle Mere Farms, Burns Ranch, Granada Farms, JEH Stallion Station, Lazy E Ranch, Bob Moore Farms, Marty Powers, Robicheaux Ranch, Royal Vista,
Royce Rogers, Southwest Stallion Station and Vista Equine.

For more information on the sale or A Night With The Legends of American Quarter Horse Racing, go to www.heritageplace.com. A downloadable catalog is available at that site, as well as instructions for Equineline’s free iPad version. Information to access the live videostreaming of the sale is also available on the Heritage Place website.